MSiX the future of repackaging

When it comes to installing Windows applications, there are definitely some improvements that could be made from a user perspective. Those are exactly the kinds of improvements that MSiX aims to address. When a user installs an application, and then decides that they no longer want the application, it can be messy to get it removed, particularly if it is a third-party application that has its own rules. The same goes for automatic updates to the app. The first thing that MSiX tries to address is what is left behind by these applications once they are uninstalled. Often, users have [...]

MSiX for Windows 7

If you are considering using the Windows 7 handler for MSiX, this is your chance to get a head start. Keep in mind: The codebase is still in preview, hence not supported by Microsoft The current codebase is available on GitHub - Windows 7 handler for MSIX The preview currently includes a user interface that will process the extraction/unzipping of the MSiX Package. The Files will be unzipped to the VFS folder, add the application in the Add/Remove programs list and place a shortcut for the executable in the start menu. The xml uninstallation script will automatically be generated and [...]

By |2018-11-06T06:33:48+01:00november 5th, 2018|Application Virtualization, Application Virtualization (App-V), Packaging & Installation|Kommentarer lukket til MSiX for Windows 7

How to manage Bitlocker on a Azure AD Joined Windows 10 Device managed by Intune.

When joining a computer to AAD either manually or by using a provisioning package, Bitlocker will be enabled automatically if your device has the necessary prerequisites. However in the case that Bitlocker is disabled this is how you enable Bitlocker, save the Bitlocker Key Protector to ADD (also known as the recovery key) and recover the key in the case you need it. So this blog post is both for the end-user and IT-pro I guess. In this scenario we have configured a Device Compliance Policy in Intune where we require Encryption of data storage on devices and sent the [...]

Configuration Items and Baselines, Using Scripts (Powershell Example)

In the previous blog post i used file and registry settings for my Configuration Item. Another way to define your Configuration Item setting are scripts. And in CM2012 we have 3 scripting options: JScript PowerShell VBScript (The same goes for the use of scripts in Detection Methods when we create Application Deployment Types.)   Since the new colour fashion in scripting today is blue, i guess the popular choice would be PowerShell. On a serious note – PowerShell is now everywhere, just ask my buddy Kaido Järvemets. And in this example i will be checking for a setting on the [...]

New Tool – Coretech APP-V Package Analyzer and Converter

APP-V 5 has been around more than one year now and if you have a lot of old APP-V 4.5 or 4.6 packages then you may want to move to newer version to get all the nice features that APP-V 5 provides. APP-V 5 Sequencer PowerShell Module contains Test-APPvLegacyPackage and ConvertFrom-AppvLegacyPackage CMDLETs. Test-AppvLegacyPackage CMDLET allows us to analyze old packages and if the analyzer says no problem, then we can convert the old apps to never version with ConvertFrom-AppvLegacyPackage CMDLET. I got 61 old APP-V packages last week and I wanted an easy way to analyze these packages and also [...]

How to deploy APP-V 5 SP1 Client through Group Policy

Before I just blogged How to extract APP-V 5 SP1 client executable and in this blog post I will show how to deploy the APP-V 5 SP1 Client through Group Policy. If you have the MSI files and you try to install the APP-V client, then it will prompt you this message. If you are using ConfigMgr for APP-V Client deployment, then you don’t have any issues because you can specify the command-line parameters but through Group Policy you can´t do that and you need to modify the MSI file. Creating the Group Policy Object If you want to modify [...]

By |2013-07-02T15:48:54+01:00juli 2nd, 2013|Application Virtualization (App-V)|Kommentarer lukket til How to deploy APP-V 5 SP1 Client through Group Policy

How to extract APP-V 5 SP1 client executable

If you are looking APP-V 5 SP1 client MSI files, then stop looking. APP-V 5 client MSI files are inside the appv_client_setup.exe file. To extract the MSI files you need to execute following command: If you check the extracted files, then you will see appv_client_MSI_x86.msi and appv_client_MSI_x64.msi files. References How to Deploy the APP-V 5 Client -

Links and notes from MOC 6451 and introduction to App-V (Norway)

SCCM Right Click Tools System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit v2 SMS Client Center Creating Configuration Manager Reports Part 1: Part 2: Creating Custom Reports by Using Configuration Manager 2007 SQL Views Read the blog at for information about System Center, deployment and scripting Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Dashboard Download it from here: Read about it here: See how to install it here: Configuration Manager 2007 driver management Frequently Asked Questions about Active Directory Domains and Forests with Configuration Manager 2007 Application Virtualization Whitepapers [...]

By |2011-05-29T10:33:11+01:00maj 29th, 2011|Application Virtualization (App-V), Configuration Manager (SCCM)|Kommentarer lukket til Links and notes from MOC 6451 and introduction to App-V (Norway)

Hey–why does it sometimes take so long to delete a virtual machine from the Hyper-V console?

You may have noticed that it sometimes take quite some time to delete a virtual machine from within the Hyper-V console. It can take hours in some cases. This happens if the virtual machine has snapshots and it is by design. What actually happens when you delete the virtual machine is that the snapshot(s) is being merge into the VHD file and then the virtual machine is deleted from the Hyper-V console. I have created a virtual machine and installed Windows Server 2008 R2. It is just a basic install. After the install I created a snapshot while the virtual [...]

By |2011-04-13T22:46:40+01:00april 13th, 2011|Application Virtualization (App-V)|1 Kommentar

This Week MDOP training

Websites: Application Virtualization - - App V. on Technet - Free apps and utlities - How to run scripts inside the OSD file - Latest KB articles on App V.  DaRT - Debugging tools - How to install WinRE on hidden partition AIS - Step-by-step guide to deploy AIS Blogs: - Independent blog - Microsoft Blog Tools: - SFT Explorer - Toolkit with App V server ping tool - App V. resourcekit tools

By |2008-12-09T14:05:01+01:00december 9th, 2008|Application Virtualization (App-V)|Kommentarer lukket til This Week MDOP training

Usefull Application Virtualization support tools

While waiting for Microsoft to release the SDK for Appication V. it's nice to have a basic knowledge of the existing tools. SFTMIME.EXE: Used to control and configure the client. I really urge you to take a look at the complete list of commands and parameters at SFTMIME can be used to configure the client, query for packages, settings, delete apps, load app and more. Example on how to configure a server connection: SFTMIME CONFIGURE SERVER:ctsccm /NAME "Coretech App V server"/HOST ctsccm /PORT 554 /TYPE RTSP /REFRESH ON Example, queries for all configured servers: SFTMIME QUERY OBJ:Server Example, removes [...]

By |2008-12-06T18:30:38+01:00december 6th, 2008|Application Virtualization (App-V)|Kommentarer lukket til Usefull Application Virtualization support tools

Application Virtualization for Newbies

This post contains basic information about Application V. Not very technical but enough for you to get started. App V. formerly known as Softgrid was bought by Microsoft in 2006 from Softricity. It's now part of the MDOP package, which is exclusive available for Microsoft customers with Software Assurance. The key benefits of the product are: Application deployment All applications run within their own Virtual Environment leaving no footprint on the client computer. Applications can be streamed on demand. The application will typically only need 20-40% of the content to work with the basic functionality (you know, the functionality we [...]

By |2008-12-05T20:50:45+01:00december 5th, 2008|Application Virtualization (App-V)|1 Kommentar

The Application Virtualization 4.5 client

Client prerequisites: Microsoft Application Error Reporting  - download Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) - download: Microsoft Core XML Services (MSXML) 6.0 Service Pack 1 - download: Notice: There is no x64 support yet, rumor has it that it will be available in 2010 Client scenarios The Desktop client supports Windows XP SP2 and Windows Vista. It's part of the MDOP installation kit The Terminal Services client support Windows 2003 terminal services and Windows 2008 terminal services. You can download the it here: Client installation files Setup.exe Setup.MSI You can customize the installation by using these [...]

By |2008-12-04T21:55:38+01:00december 4th, 2008|Application Virtualization (App-V)|1 Kommentar

How to Configure Virtual Application Support on Configuration Manager

With the introduction of System Center Configuration Manager R2 comes the integration between Application Virtualization 4.5 and Configuration Manager 2007. This Guide will go through the installation and configuration. How does Configuration Manager 2007 intergrate with the App V. client Deliver applications: SFTMIME commands are used to manage Virtual Application publishing delivery to the App. V client cache. The OverrideURL registry value is configured to direct the client to the correct Distribution Point. Launch Applications Applications are launched using the SFTtray.exe command. WMI is used to report on the status of the installation process. Steps to configure Virtual Application Support [...]

Application Virtualization Client files and folders

Filename Location Description sftfs.fsd Vista: Public\Documents\Softgrid client XP: All Users\Documents\Softgrid client Application cache. All applications are stored in this file. The contents of this file is mounted to the virtual drive (Q:) at application run time. Shortcut_ex.dat Per Computer: Vista: Public\Documents\Softgrid client XP: All Users\Documents\Softgrid client Per User: Vista: User Profile\AppData\Roaming\Softgrid Client XP: User Profile\Application Data\Softgrid Client Stores the location of shortcuts that are created during a refresh. The Per Computer file is updated through the SFTMIME command or when adding an MSI package. The Per User file is updated with data from the publishing refresh. OSD Cache Vista: Public\Documents\Softgrid [...]

By |2008-11-30T18:09:22+01:00november 30th, 2008|Application Virtualization (App-V)|Kommentarer lukket til Application Virtualization Client files and folders

Error 1603 when upgrading Softgrid 4.1.1 to Application Virtualization Management Server 4.5

During the upgrade of my Softgrid 4.1.1 server I encountered Error 1603. The reason for this error is a missing installation path to the existing softgrid version. In the SoftGrid-server-setup.txt you'll notice the lines (the setup file is found in the users \Local Settings\Temp folder). Open the file with Trace32.exe (found the Configuration Manager 2007 Toolkit), this allows you to monitor all activity in the log file in realtime. [2008-11-29 12:33:48] (3584:5960) INSTALLDIR: ``''. [2008-11-29 12:33:49] (3584:424) Returning VersionString `` (RTM)'' for ProductCode ``{A4A45785-926B-4805-8180-58D330D419DE}''. To fix the problem open registry, navigate to HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\Currentversion\Installer\Userdata\S-1-5-18\Product GUID\InstallProperties (you can also search for the [...]

By |2008-11-29T14:09:21+01:00november 29th, 2008|Application Virtualization (App-V), Packaging & Installation|Kommentarer lukket til Error 1603 when upgrading Softgrid 4.1.1 to Application Virtualization Management Server 4.5